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Winter proof your roof

Created: 24/11/2016

When the dark winter months roll around, they bring the inevitable bad weather with them.

Snow, ice, heavy rain, intense winds and storms are all going to begin battering your roof, and it is now when you need your roof to be winter ready. 

Heavy rain

Clear out the debris

Your gutters are probably full of the leaves that have fallen during autumn, so it is worth getting out and clearing your gutters and any drainpipes around your house. 

Blocked gutters#

Should your guttering become blocked, they can easily break and cause a serious leak. Wait for the trees to shed their leaves, then go out and make sure you clear as much of the trapped debris as possible.

Check up on it

Just because you have a quick look over your home one Sunday afternoon doesn’t mean that you are covered. Keep checking up on your roof, especially after any intense weather.

Trees and anything overhanging

Almost every year you hear nightmare stories of large trees or branches crashing through someone’s roof after a bad storm.

This isn’t to say you should get rid of the tree entirely, often they are a statement of your property, but before winter you should start checking any overhanging branches. If any seem broken, lose or even rotten then you should look at getting it cut back.

Overhanging trees and branches

Call in an expert

If you find a problem, no matter how small, you should call in an expert. With the weather only expected to deteriorate in the capital in the coming weeks, it would be worth finding yourself a handyman service in London.

Watch for damp

You should always be on the lookout for any damp patches. If you have damp patches it could mean a problem with your guttering, either it is clogged or broken, or that you have a leak.

A leak in your roof in poor weather can quickly become a serious problem. Check the flashing, which is used around roof vents, pipes, skylights and chimneys. Loose or torn flashing is one of the leading causes of leaks, and can be caused by high winds or heavy rain.

Insulation

When the temperature drops, you will probably need to put the heating on, but if you don’t have good insulation and ventilation in your attic you could be facing a hefty bill. 

Roof vent

Put in a vent around the ridges or gables of your roof, these will stop condensation, which could develop into rot or mould.

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